Art Galleries Walking Tour of Wellington, Wellington (Self Guided)

Wellington is considered the artistic capital of New Zealand. You will find many art galleries with amazing, mysterious and challenging displays. The collections are mainly of contemporary art. Take the tour below to visit some of the best art galleries in Wellington.
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Art Galleries Walking Tour of Wellington Map

Guide Name: Art Galleries Walking Tour of Wellington
Guide Location: New Zealand » Wellington (See other walking tours in Wellington)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: vickyc
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National Tattoo Museum

1) National Tattoo Museum

The National Tattoo Museum is a very unique museum in the South Pacific region. You get to see exhibitions of famous traditional Maori Tattoo, which brought international recognition to the country. There are collections dating back to 4,000 B.C. and also contemporary tattoo art.

Operation hours: Daily 12 pm - 5:30 pm (until 8 pm on Friday & Saturday).
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Enjoy Public Art Gallery

2) Enjoy Public Art Gallery

Enjoy Public Art Gallery was founded in 2000. It is a small gallery owned by an artist. Its temporary exhibitions are of contemporary work by young and well-known New Zealand artists, displaying mostly avant-garde art.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Friday 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday 11 am - 4 pm.
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City Gallery

3) City Gallery

The City Gallery in Wellington was first opened in 1980 in a different building. Built in 1940 in an Art Deco style, the gallery's current building originally housed the Wellington Public Library. The Gallery is set in the Civic Square. There you will see the best exhibitions of contemporary New Zealand art, as well as work done by international artists. The art displayed in its temporary exhibitions is extraordinary, and both challenges and captivates the visitors.

Operation hours: Daily 10 am — 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Avid Gallery

4) Avid Gallery

The City Gallery Wellington is an art gallery in Wellington. It was first opened in 1980 in a different building.

City Gallery mounts a changing programme of exhibitions and does not have a collection.

The education programmes focuses on delivery to primary and secondary schools in the Wellington region and nationally.

The facade of the building features ‘Fault’ an artwork by Bill Culbert and Ralph Hotere, which was launched in 1994.

Built in 1940 in an Art Deco style, the gallery's current building originally housed the Wellington Public Library - replacing the original red brick City Library building of 1893. In 1991 the Library moved into a new ‎Wellington Public Library next door.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday 10 am - 3 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Academy of Fine Arts

5) Academy of Fine Arts

The Academy of Fine Arts is located in a historic building, in the center of Wellington. Its goal is to support the development of fine arts in New Zealand and to preserve works of art by local artists. It hosts original exhibitions of outstanding New Zealand artists throughout the year.

Operation hours: Daily 10 am - 5 pm.
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Millwood Gallery

6) Millwood Gallery

Millwood Gallery is located in the historic Tinakori Road Shopping Village. The gallery showcases a wide variety of works by New Zealand artists. The gallery also offers authentic paintings, prints and etchings for sale.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 5:30 pm; Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.

Walking Tours in Wellington, New Zealand

Create Your Own Walk in Wellington

Create Your Own Walk in Wellington

Creating your own self-guided walk in Wellington is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Walking Tour of Wellington

Museums Walking Tour of Wellington

Wellington has several museums that offer a deep understanding of the culture and traditions of its people. This self-guided tour will lead you through the museums of Wellington, museums which reveal the history and culture of New Zealand.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Wellington, jokingly referred to as "Windy Wellington" for the strong winds blowing across the Cook Strait, is also said to be the “coolest little capital in the world”. The list of the local sights drawing tourists to the city in their thousands is long – from Lambton Quay with its iconic red Wellington Cable Car to Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand) to Civic Square, home to the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington

Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington

Wellington can satisfy almost any shopping desire with its huge variety of shops. You can find fantastic and unique items here. For instance, there are many local designer shops where you will find stylists who can help you create your own specific wardrobe. This self-guided tour will lead you through the best shops in Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Churches Walking Tour of Wellington

Churches Walking Tour of Wellington

When immigrants first arrived in New Zealand they brought their beliefs. Most of the first settlers were Christians. The second church built in Wellington, in 1855, still stands today and is a great historic site. This self-guided tour will help you explore the churches and other religious monuments of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Children's Attractions Walking Tour in Wellington

Children's Attractions Walking Tour in Wellington

New Zealand can be a perfect place to entertain your entire family. There are several playgrounds around the city and unique museums about the life of this remote archipelago. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular children's attractions in Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour

Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour

Mount Victoria is a hill, 196 meters high, in Wellington. It offers incredible views of the sea and the city, and there are some very popular attractions at its foot. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most special places of this part of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Wellington for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Wellington has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Wellington, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.